Oatstanding Oatmeal

Servings

4 individual

Prep

5 min

Cook

2-3 min

Vote

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups ‏quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup ‏toppings of your choice- fresh, dried, or frozen blueberries, cherries, apples, cranberries,raisins, coconut, chocolate, walnuts, pecans, almonds, ect.
  • 1/2 cup ‏maple syrup-Get the real stuff!
  • 2 tsp ‏cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cups total ‏milk-skim, unsweetened coconut or almond. Sometimes I add a little apple juice too!
  • ‏Optional- vanilla extract, almond extract, brown sugar

So the name isn’t super fantastic, but the oatmeal is. I promise it will rival anything you can get in the drive thru. I eat this breakfast staple nearly every morning at work. It can be prepared ahead of time and simply microwaved when you are ready to eat.

  1. Take out 4 microwave safe containers with lids.
  2. Next, divide the fruit, nuts, and maple syrup  evenly between the 4 containers. Do not use yucky intimation syrup! I know it is more expensive, but it is so worth it to get the real stuff!!!  Sometimes I add a little brown sugar if I want a sweeter treat. It works out to be about 1/4 cup of topping per container.
  3. Put 1/2 cup of oatmeal in each one.
  4. Sprinkle everything with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  5. Pour 3/4 cup of milk over the top or 1/2 up milk and 1/4 cup apple juice Also, if your using coconut, use coconut milk. If your using almonds, try almond milk. It just adds more flavor.
  6. Place lid on the container and  refrigerate.
  7. When you are ready to eat, remove the lid. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir. Microwave up to an additional minute if needed.
  8. Optional-Add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract. I usually do almond extract if I am using almonds. It just adds another layer of flavor to make it even more special. Always make sure you’re using pure extracts. I like Penzeys!

Best combinations:

fresh, frozen or dried blueberries and almonds

dried cherries and almonds

dried apricots or peaches with almonds ( I will cut the apricots and peaches up a little. )

dried cherries, apricots, pecans or almonds

raisins and walnuts

apples and walnuts ( Add a little apple juice when using apples. Pump up the flavor!)

raisins, fresh or dried apples, and walnuts

dried cranberries, fresh or dried apples, and walnuts

dried cranberries with either almonds or walnuts

coconut, chocolate,and almonds (Use coconut or almond milk for added flavor!)

1 tbsp peanut butter and dried or fresh apples

dried pineapple, coconut, and almonds (Use coconut or almond milk for added flavor!)

 

Using the best ingredients really makes this stand out. Try this spicy cinnamon and don’t skimp on the REAL maple syrup!

Set up an assembly line and then get creative with your flavor combinations.

I like to use a mixture of raisins. They are both beautiful and tasty.

I love my little Rubbermaid containers. I make my breakfasts on Sunday night and I take one to work every morning for the next 4 days.


 

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